WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -– The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its 2010 policy papers that cover key federal and state issues of importance and are designed to enhance the competitiveness of the state's business community and strengthen West Virginia's economy.

The organization's 2010 policy papers cover major business issues such as health care, tax reform, legal reform, workplace wellness, economic development, education, etc. A binder of the 37 papers was provided during the group's recent Annual Business Meeting, which was held at The Greenbrier.

"This is a continuation of the West Virginia Chamber's long history of being a solutions-based organization; one that researches complex issues and works to develop policy positions that will advance our state," W.Va. Chamber President Steve Roberts said. "The Chamber's 2010 policy papers focus on many of the major concerns and issues of interest to large and small businesses -– business development, job creation, tax relief, health care, legal reform, sound environmental regulation and responsible, progressive public policy.

"This year's binder also includes several policy papers on key federal issues pending before Congress, such as Employee Free Choice Act, climate change/cap-and-trade, and new employer-employee issues surfacing on Capitol Hill. Many of these papers were developed by the Chamber's policy committees or came from recommendations from the staff.

"The Chamber's members work to develop and advance solutions that will improve our economy, preserve and create jobs and create more prosperous future for all West Virginians."

Roberts said the W.Va. Chamber's 2010 policy papers will be provided over the coming months to government leaders, legislators, local chambers, economic development professionals and business trade groups.

The W.Va. Chamber's 2010 policy papers can be read here: http://www.wvchamber.com/AdvocacyIssues/BusinessIssues/tabid/57/Default.aspx

As the state's largest, most influential general business organization, the West Virginia Chamber represents all business sectors in every region of the state, ranging from small business enterprises to Fortune 500 companies. The organization's 5,000+ membership reach comes from its close relationships with 55 local chambers of commerce and dozens of statewide business and trade associations.

The West Virginia Chamber is a proactive leader in the search for solutions to problems, a voice for free market competition and streamlined government, a catalyst for progressive thinking and problem solving, and a partner with government as appropriate.

More information on the W.Va. Chamber can be found at www.wvchamber.com.

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